Cycling disability hub opens in Leeds

Sessions have started at a new HSBC UK Disability Hub, launched by the University of Leeds and British Cycling. This is the UK’s ninth hub.

Disability Hubs are opening up across the UK with the aim to improve access to the sport for people with a disability and ensure those wanting to improve their cycling performance receive the support they need. The Leeds site, based at the University’s Bodington Playing Fields, has been redeveloped to create world class sports facilities. It includes a 1.6km cycle circuit – one of the longest in the country. The Leeds hub provides dedicated para-cycling coaching sessions led by British Cycling Go-Ride coaches and helps riders achieve a variety of goals, whether they are new to cycling, want to keep fit, have fun, improve confidence and performance through to those who need rehabilitation after injury or are training for competition. The Leeds monthly sessions began on Sunday 21 May. They run between 10am and 12pm and costing £2 booked online in advance or £5 on the day. Participants are able to ride a fleet of adapted bikes which includes tandems, trikes and hand-cycles. Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful female paralympian, said: “Disability hubs provide a fantastic opportunity for people with all different types of impairments to get into cycling. Cycling should be accessible to everyone and these disability hubs are making a huge difference.” Disability Hubs can currently be found in Manchester, Bath, Nottingham, York, Kent, London - Herne Hill, London Lee Valley Velopark and the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury. To see a list of British Cycling's session dates across the UK and to book your place click here.
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